Jan 24, 2013 8:00pm EST
. it keeps ballooning. we will have this debt ceiling fight which will begin in a few weeks and then we will be back to square one. what we have faith in these guys? >> well, let me mention another statistic to give emphasis to this point that they cannot predict with these deficits and the spending will be like. you know, on the interest-rate issue, if we just have a 100 basis point increase in interest rate, that adds $1 trillion to the debt of the next ten years. these numbers are incredibly sensitive to changes in the economy, employment, interest rates, inflation. but when congress cannot find another. that is the problem with these budgets. it emphasizes, start to make long-term changes in the law with respect to the way these entitlements work. and if you do that you can change over a long time the direction of how much these programs like social security, medicare, medicaid go into debt. [talking over each other] >> i just wanted to come in here. they would not even consider another ratings downgrade last the medium term budget was not satisfactory, so they're not even looking f
Jan 23, 2013 7:00pm EST
, debt ceiling. on the other hand, despite all of that liquidity, we have mediocre employment growth, manufacturing data, while it has improved is still around that recessionary line of 50 and to your point around m2 that's very interesting and yet we're still at record low velocity of money. that's very scary. all this money pumped into the system is sitting on the balance sheets of banks, corporations. >> nominal gdp is starting to rise. >> slowly. >> what about the information revolution? now, you made an important point. so far why should raise taxes on investors, terrible idea. i'm hoping do no harm, maybe some small spending cuts so that's not going to be a factor. i don't see a debt default. i think that's off the table. what blt american energy revolution, what about the growth, what about the cheap natural gas and what about how that makes america so competitive? i'm only talking 2.5% growth, not 3%, 4, 5% growth. >> the fertilizer trusts are on fires. ammonia is going to be cheap, that's terrific. but here's a factoid for you. kmn's exports to asia are up 20% year on year.